1 more sleep! A Christmas Bazaar tomorrow

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1 more sleep! A Christmas Bazaar will throw open its doors at 10am and will be open until 5.

A Christmas Bazaar will take place at The Life Centre on Washway Road in Sale and has FREE parking.

There will be 28 exhibitors selling ceramics, textiles, artworks, photography, jewellery, knitwear, sockees and willow weaving.

Cafe56 will be serving drinks, homemade food and more importantly cakes including a christmas chocolate orange cake.

See you tomorrow!

list of exhibitors - updated

 

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Q&A Opal Gems

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a jewellery designer and lapidarist. Lapidary is the art of cutting and polishing gemstones. My designs are created using traditional bench making techniques using sterling silver, elements of 9ct gold and semi-precious gemstones. One of my signature designs is jewellery incorporating milk sea glass from the North East of England.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Unique, colourful, semi-precious, organic, simple.

Do you have any design heroes?

I have many design heroes, from great artists such as Matisse, with his bold use of colour to the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect who created one of my favourite buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He utilized natural materials to embrace the natural environment, he described it as ‘Organic Architecture’. You can’t help being inspired!

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Where is your studio?

The studio is located within an old cotton mill in Stockport. The mill once housed approximately 265,000 spinning mules and provided employment to much of the local people. Today my studio is one of twenty plus spaces within The Galleries, which was created in 2008 to provide creatives with a space to rent and work. My studio is on the mezzanine level and from it you get a sense of the height and scale of the building. I like the thought that the mill has been a place of production for over a hundred years.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Cup of tea, research, sketching, sourcing, stone cutting, soldering, polishing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am currently working on pieces based on well-known artists’ work, one being The Snail by Matisse.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

Rings, bangles, earrings and necklaces. There will be new milk sea glass pieces in this seasons graduating greys and complimentary red hues, perfect for the Christmas party outfit. If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas, I will also be offering gift vouchers.

Tell us something we don’t know

I share my studio with Picasso and Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube. Well in spirit that is, I find the photo inspirational as both artists weren’t afraid to experiment. Torun broke with tradition in the 1940’s when she made jewellery from twisted wire, moonstone, quartz and pebbles. It reminds me that ‘to live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong’.

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http://www.opalgems.co.uk

Q&A Elisa Clare Glass

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I am a designer maker who works with kiln formed Glass to create a diverse range of individually handcrafted glass and Jewellery design.

I am drawn to glass for its versatile nature, not only allowing the viewer to appreciate the outside structure but to look deeper inside the object and observe the world that makes the piece. As a glass artist the experimentation of opaque and transparency have been combined to create new and interesting work.

The products have a fresh look into the meaning of kiln formed glass, through the exploration of colour, form, style and surface pattern exploiting the qualities and distinctive surface textures with in the material. With on going development my portfolio continues to expand.

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What 5 words best describe your work?

Innovative, Bespoke, Decorative, Functional, Unique

Do you have any design heroes?
I have so many design heroes and inspirations there is so much to be inspired by. The designers I studied in university are always inspiring like Aline Johnson, Claudia Borella and Peter Layton. It’s not just the medium of glass that motivates and intrigues me it is also ancient civilisations, different eras in history from the Victorians, Italian Renaissance to the Egyptians and the Greeks. I could go on and on so I will stop there.

Where is your studio?

Currently my studio is in my back garden in a converted garage, it does the job.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

A lot of glass cutting!, Sandblasting, Sweeping, Polishing, Soldering, Designing, Mould Making, Tidying, Preparing and Shelf Priming.

 

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

Currently I am expanding my jewellery range, creating a few extra pieces for men and creating new wall art we a new twist that combines my skills.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

All being well the above new ventures but still some of my classic best sellers. There will be Christmas decorations, him and her gifts displayed in a classic contemporary style.

Tell us something we don’t know

As well as being a designer/ maker I am also a photographer and graphic designer.

http://www.elisaclare.co.uk
http://www.twitter.com/elisaclareglass

Hand Drawn House artist Simon Naish in Wilmslow Guardian

Artist Simon Naish from Hand Drawn House is one of Sale Arts Trails new faces for this years Christmas Bazaar where he will exhibit beautiful handpainted typography.

https://www.facebook.com/thehanddrawnhouse/?fref=ts

Guardian 28.10.15

http://www.wilmslowguardian.co.uk/news/13892848.Wilmslow_man_of_many_letters_to_feature_in_upcoming_arts_trail/

Q&A Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors

One last Q&A for this years Sale Arts Trail from the Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors who you will find at Venue W Walton Park. They will be demonstrating throughout the day from 11-4 today.

Just a note on your travels over to that area of the trail on the Bridgewater canal near Walton Park  check out art on a barge from the Artism Society of Artists and get refreshments from The Brew Boat next door.

Tim Burgess

Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Wood.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Sculpting logs with chainsaws.

Do you have any design heroes?

Bob King from Seattle.

Where is your studio?
Rostherne.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Noisy, sawdust, Radio 2 on headphones, off cuts.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

Preparing for the RHS show.

Michele Burgess

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail? 

Chain saw carving at Walton Park, Sale.

Tell us something we don’t know

I take part to chainsaw carving competitions all around the world.

Thank you to Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors!

Q&A Gemma Truman

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Gemma Truman

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

My primary material is glass, which I first work hot from a furnace using glass blowing techniques, then work cold using finishing and polishing processes.
Most of the pieces are then completed with some complimentary woven or crocheted rope work.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Intriguing, quietly striking and colourful

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Do you have any design heroes?

I actually don’t. I am far more drawn to an individual piece of work and how it effects or provokes me rather than any one persons entire body of work. We cant all agree on everything after all!

Where is your studio?

Truman Keeling Studios, Unit 31, Wellington House, Pollard Street East, Ancoats, Manchester.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Currently? Endless coldworking dispersed with workbench building and studio organising.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am. I’m in the midst of creating an Alice in Wonderland themed piece, to celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. But its all under wraps until completed, Watch this space!

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Yes

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

My wonderful light catching, colourful, outdoor hung ‘Kiota’
The hung White ‘Kiota’
Lots of fabulously coloured ‘Kiota Michozi’
and my new Soul Bowls.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

At Mitch Canvas’ Studio, Venue F

Tell us something we don’t know

Outside of making and creating, I am a Roller Derby addict. Its a brilliant sport with a great community.

Thank you Gemma!

http://www.gemmatruman.co.uk

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Q&A Ellul Ceramics

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Lisa Ellul

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I create hand built ceramic vessel and forms. I’ve always had a love of nature and been fascinated by the beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark and seed pods. It is this natural theme that inspires my ceramics.
My vessels are constructed from layers of finely rolled tubes or cones of clay. These are organised in a structured formation building the thickness of the vessel wall. Some vessels are multi-layered and hold a solid, weighted volume. Others are simple one-layer vessels resembling seed pods and cones. This method of construction creates an intricate texture and articulation of surface. Surfaces are almost bone like with fossilised leaf patterns or inlayed textures. Simple washes of oxides highlight texture and the occasional use of gold leaf adds a sense of luminosity and luxury.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Sculptural. Unique. Intriguing. Tactile. Textural.

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Do you have any design heroes?

I love the work of so many makers, too many to name! A couple of my favourites are Japanese jeweller Mariko Sumioka and American ceramist Diana Fayt.

Where is your studio?

I work from my home studio situated in the beautiful Peak District. I find my garden and surroundings a constant source of inspiration.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Emails, tea, tidy, think, roll out some clay, begin making.

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

This year I’m planning on making some larger scale pieces.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

This will be my first time exhibiting at SAT. Looking forward to it!

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be exhibiting a range of vessels and small wall pieces.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Venue X with Sarah Thirwell and Wayne Hart.

Tell us something we don’t know

I once worked for a summer in Hong Kong writing trivia questions for a company that designed children’s educational computer games. I learnt a lot about dinosaurs!

http://www.ellulceramics.com

Thank you Lisa!

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Q&A Wayne Hart

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Wayne Hart

What is your practice?

Wayne Hart is an award-winning lettercarver, typographer and sculptor. Seeking to achieve the highest levels of craftsmanship, he is dedicated to creating beautiful inscriptions, low-relief carving and sculptural forms. His designs are skilfully drawn by hand, with lettering, image and form tailored to suit each client’s needs. These are then carved by hand using mallet and chisel, paying the closest attention to detail. Carving in both stone and wood, Hart also works with other materials such as metals, plastics and glass. He works internationally and his work to date has included commemorative gifts, public art projects, memorials, signage and artwork for exhibition.

What five words best describe your work?

Bespoke, quality, award-winning, unique, contemporary

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Do you have any design heroes?

My work is influenced by nature and the artwork of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Aztecs, Myans and Greeks. Modern-day heroes include Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Perkins and Alan Fletcher.

Where is your studio?

My studio is based in AWOL Studios, Ancoats. I am currently serving a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

There is always work to be done!

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am currently creating the WW1 memorial to Edith Cavell during a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. The memorial will be situated in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.

I have a number of other exciting commissions, both large-scale and small, and he is creating new works for a number of upcoming exhibitions. Hart is currently exhibiting his piece, The Raven, at Craft Open 2015 at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Did you exhibit or visit last year’s SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of smaller lettered items with one or two larger pieces. All work is being created specially for Sale Arts Trail 2015.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Thirwell’s studio.

Tell us something we don’t know

I am a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and the youngest artist to have created work for Westminster Abbey in the recent past.

http://www.awol-studios.co.uk/residents/wayne-hart

Thank you Wayne!

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Q&A Nick Roberson

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Nick Roberson

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Stone carving, sculpture.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Figurative stone carving and sculpture

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Do you have any design heroes?

Pugin

Where is your studio?

In my garden.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Start at 7, dusty long day, physical but rewarding.
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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

The restoration of the Hugh Stawell-Brown statue for the City of Liverpool. Carved in 1860, Toppled and vandalised in the 1980s abandoned in a field for 30 years. New hand, nose, foot and ears.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Yes

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

No

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be demonstrating letter cutting in slate at intervals and encouraging visitors to have a go.
This will take place over the two days ( when I am not talking to visitors )

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

Rebecca Lawley ( silversmith )

Tell us something we don’t know.

Good question, I have just carved a portrait of actor Bill Owen ( comp from last of the summer wine ) for the people of Holmfirth.

http://www.robersonstonecarving.co.uk

Thanks Nick!

Q&A Minikin Emporium

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We have Q&A’s from two local Sale businesses in involved in Sale Arts Trail.

First up Is Minikin Emporium taking part for their second year with two exhibitors Craig McCann from Fishink and Scott Millar.

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What is the name and nature of your business? 

Minikin Emporium. A truely local independent place to be for the people of South Manchester.
A gorgeous and welcoming place to paint pottery, capture baby hand and foot imprints, buy traditional sweets and greeting cards.
Our creative space is the perfect place to chill out and get hands on… We specialise in ceramic painting which is a perfect activity for anyone, any age, any ability. They say the best think about memories is making them… And that’s just what we do at Minikin x
We have an online shop specialising in personalised gifts… you can find our shop on our website http://www.minikindesigns.com

Describe a typical day in 5 words

Fun, Happy, creative, memory making

What artists will be exhibiting with you at SAT?

Scott Millar and Fishink

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Have you got any other event on at your venue for SAT? i.e. workshop? Special exhibitors table? Anyone demonstrating?

During the trail weekend we have a special offer running where people can try their hand at ceramic painting… Paint a cup for the spectacle of only £6.. This includes all paint, glaze and firing!

Was your Business involved in the Sale Arts Trail last year? If it was did you enjoy it?

We were involved in the trail last year, it was such a busy and exiting weekend with so much going on. It was great to see so many people really enjoying the trail and getting to meet so many new people! Hopefully the sun will shine again this year!

Is Sale Arts Trail good for Sale?

It’s fantastic, putting Sale on the map and showcasing the amazing creative talents we have as well as the brilliant independent businesses too.

Tell us something we don’t know

Our kiln fires over 10000 pots every year… It’s the hardest working member of the Minikin team!

Minikin Emporium, 11 Northenden Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 2DH

events@minikin.com

0161 973 6822

http://www.minikindesigns.com